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my mother was killed my children were in. full horrors. e.u. officials had to washington. truth. however it's worse for obama not to have known who's running the show the country's leadership seems to be unclear on what its national security agency is doing reporting. syrian government. facilities but. some rebel groups continue to defy the deal also. before it's
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lubricated the smiles of the u.s. military the painful force feeding a. report from behind. joining us here today. in moscow with the weekly ultimately running down the top headlines of today and the week putting a human face to america's so-called war on terror and pakistan a family of drone strike victims testified in front of congress this week having lost their grandmother in what was reported as a strike on militants. why their house was targeted in the first place.
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this was the first time actual victims of u.s. drone strikes were in congress and apart from the congressman who initiated this briefing i saw only four other members of congress it's no secret the u.s. congress generally approves of growth strikes so it's very difficult to expect the sudden change of heart even though hard was what these drone victims were appealing to one of the twenty fourth of last year a u.s. drone strike left this pakistani family devastated a nine year old girl and her thirteen year old brother nearly escaped death that day their sixty seven year old grandmother was killed while picking vegetables in the garden. i no longer love blue skies i prefer the gray skies the drones do not fly when this kinds agree and for a short period of time the mental time and fear eases between this kind of the drones return and so does the fear you know this family has never been abroad out of their home in north waziristan and the father of this family said he looked at the life around here. he wished his children too would be able to walk the streets
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not afraid of being bombed at any moment. my mother was killed my children were injured i'm so glad that people are going to hear our story that's why we came to america i have no idea why our village in my house was talking to. the family came to washington of course hoping to get answers for why they have to live in fear every day i have no idea why my grandmother was killed when the drone hate i was outside with my grandmother everything became dark i was scared so i started to run then i noticed my hand was bleeding so i tried to clean my hand but blood kept coming out but i was very scared so i just kept running. we also learned that the u.s. government did not grant to the lawyer of this family a prominent practice any lawyer who has sued the cia in the past on behalf of the victims of drone strikes in pakistan four hundred fifty thousand vocalisation of.
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losing in a concentration. being picked on this is off work kind of subaru if someone has long or someone's driving the mess you he but this is being targeted and at the same time do not really in a position to leave you the purpose of this briefing was to put a human face to drone strikes there is therefore a chance that in congress the tragedy of this family will fall on deaf ears but there is hope that the public now is in washington i'm going to check out. my mama bibi was among the up to nine hundred civilian fatalities estimated by rights groups since the drone strikes began in pakistan in two thousand and four and i'm going to the international report published just last week so these unlawful killings could amount to war crimes something activist brian becker agrees with if nothing shocks the conscience of the congress like this nothing ever will we see that this is a criminal action by the u.s.
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government those drone pilots who carried out the direct violent death of this sixty seven year old grandmother they should be arrested and so should their superiors it's not acceptable for a lawless program like the drone attacks that targeted killings of people all over the world by the united states government unilaterally deciding who lives and who dies it's not acceptable to have a series of analysts a partial apologies or compensations for the people they call collateral damage the program is inherently criminal it's outside the laws of the international community it's outside the un charter the united states government is the only government in the world that dares to irrigate to itself the right to carry out targeted assassinations of whoever it decides should be killed. and i coming up a bit later in the program striking down at the peace process a u.s. drone attack kills a top taliban leader who was poised to hold keep peace talks with the pakistani
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government. for now an r.t. a group of angry e.u. officials has been spending this week in washington seeking the truth about america's global surveillance operations europe has stressed repeatedly that spying is not what friends and allies do in such activities will not be tolerated germany even sent its own delegation to the white house to investigate the revelation to the u.s. was tapping chancellor merkel's personal mobile phone mounting questions on criticism of push president obama to launch a review of the country's intelligence operations and it seems europeans were the only ones kept in the dark over the n.s.a.'s practices i just give you some examples here in r.t. of the secretary of state john kerry claiming that both he and obama were not aware of the things the n.s.a. was doing saying that the agency sometimes ran operations on autopilot since they had the technology and the ability to do so contrast that with this guy right here
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this is the chief of the n.s.a. keith alexander he said his agency is told who to spy on by the policymakers alexander also pointing out that u.s. ambassadors were among those also ordering the snooping right mcgovern he worked as a cia officer under seven different u.s. administrations he says if indeed president obama doesn't really know what the n.s.a. is doing it raises some very worrying questions. i think in many ways it's worse for obama not to have known who's who's running the show it where does the buck stop so equally bad is that he knew or he didn't and now this back filling in this real vendetta between the n.s.a. chiefs who were shown to be very fast and loose with the truth. alexander for one and then clapper who. was the head of the intelligence apparatus so as it made it to lying to the congress felony that they are to sort of try to defend themselves
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by telling everyone they told the president every i don't know whom to believe because both sides have been very sparing with the truth. and in its search for truth about america's spying germany has reached out to the one person behind the global scandal not a bad word snowden a green party m.p. has met with the fugitive was a blow here at moscow to discuss his assistance in a possible investigation into the n.s.a.'s operations he says the words of the u.s. for now no longer be trust. sean basically. i think it's important to work together with mr snowden rather than putting him in prison we'd like more clarity on these allegations and we want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again snowden worked for many years for the cia and n.s.a. so i'm sure he can tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents because as we've seen the n.s.a. has been very scarce with providing information i also think that the organization
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including n.s.a. chief keith alexander aren't always been true for what they want to claim they'll never break german laws on their surveillance operations but tapping the chancellor's phone is not legal that's why i have trouble trusting u.s. intelligence officials. and a lawyer who's been helping edward snowden in his attempts to avoid u.s. prosecution explain why his client will have sudden difficulties trying to aid the german officials despite the fact that he's very willing to help. you're going to publish books of course edward snowden can't leave russia because he's got refugee status here and if he travels to a different country he loses it so if germany has any questions for mr snowden this could be resolved through treaties exist between germany and russia and edward wouldn't have to travel there to testify to the level of danger still high that we hear comments from the u.s. government almost on a daily basis that edward is still on the wanted list we've done everything possible to ensure the security as far as surveillance and wiretapping goes i
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wouldn't comment on that because those who have been following the situation around snowden know what u.s. intelligence is capable of. always i log on to what he thought for the latest updates the videos and the expert analysis on the ongoing n.s.a. scandal. by ten minutes past the hour here on r.t. it's the weekly today of the chemical disarmament of syria reached its first milestone this week as the conflict stricken country successfully dismantled most of its active talks in production facilities to decide though couldn't be reached by inspectors due to heavy fighting ongoing in those areas and syria now has two weeks to agree with the world's chemical weapons watchdog on a roadmap to destroying all of its remaining toxic agents reporting from damascus. where dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention
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a brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed. syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents done we eliminate. whatever we can but you know this is a very complicated process complications filled by so called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the team faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate or inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't verbally blamed the rebels damascus insists it's doing its share until now. those. sites being
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visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling. the group still them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission if undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpile in the midst of a civil war surely with syria actually stop producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed off two rockets with sarin gas were fired at damascus the suburbs those responsible hostility large the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle of next year by then damascus must have destroyed or removed its entire stockpile and ambitious timeline in very difficult circumstances policy
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r.t. damascus. and the failure of some rebel groups to respect the chemical disarmament deal has sparked fears of a potential provocation a middle east analyst a short of many a lot of money believes the opposition could actually take radical measures to try and bring about a foreign military intervention there is that instead rebels have some their hands on some chemical weapons we've certainly seen in iraq and turkey rebels being apprehended with chemical agents components of chemical weapons in their possession . really important point and this is something i heard from a syrian government official earlier this year the syrian government has for some time now viewed chemical weapons as a liability and a burden precisely for these reasons because potentially rebels could get their hands on small amounts of these chemical agents and use them across the border in israel or turkey to then justify a military attack against the syrian government so they have been quite pleased
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that the international community has come together to in fact to rid them of these weapons so that excuse no longer exists. all right we are coming to you live from moscow. still to come for you in this hour we're taking a closer look at the struggles of britain's rust belt one of the country's ongoing economic recovery we'll see you hopefully in just a moment. more than four hundred cities around the globe are hosting mass rallies. just as. follow million mask march on r.t.e. . shifting sands and alliances advances and reversals outside military intervention in stalemate these are among some of the descriptions that apply to the middle east
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since the start of the arab spring what are we experiencing in this church region. or merely instability and violence with no end in sight. with. the consent you. choose to give to. choose the stories that impact your. choose. to. our thanks for joining us here on out more than a dozen detainees continue their hunger strike could get in protest over being held indefinitely without charge most of them being force fed in a manner described by human rights groups as that of torture but the u.s.
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military continues to defend the controversial practice as. reports from inside the prison walls. every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous prison no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own on torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all they're there's no reason to expect that they enjoy being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror whether they're innocent or guilty is not our job right now we have the court system determined that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without charges today one hundred sixty four remain over half of them cleared for release but still kept locked up. on the other side of the barbed wire.
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life is a blast. furnace and water and it's nice there's nothing really bad about here just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place and you get around other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy camp delta house as a hospital and library and this is also the place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today a tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed down the nose we lubricate it in we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is agent. area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube.
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most of our patients have been using all of the will. in fact some of our patients are so used to this they will. described which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that force feeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients have experienced at one time or they've certainly described the storage or the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair an arabic force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the patients that had the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard insisting on. i have not heard that good move fishes are beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel uncomfortable has been the most and that i have heard that they don't even believe in what this thing anymore because they know it sounds stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me request declined the prisoners
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who've not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were tortured used. to the chair they shackled our legs to the ground. strap across and they forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining at get most only leaking statements through lawyers they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalists and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervening and trying to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of maybe wanting to harm themselves or in their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint patients despair you asked them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to
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point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank heavens meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five old single cells where the so-called less compliant detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials deem the detainees better there will be rewarded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from us what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror stories we all have heard. one ton of cuba a single u.s. drone strike has destabilized the entire peace process in pakistan it's killed the leader of the country's taliban group who apparently was preparing to negotiate
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security forces are on high alert across the country over fears of a militant reprisal. told us here with. the pakistani people at the end of the day you end up paying the price for the drone strike. the prime minister of pakistan was in washington d.c. only a week back and he had spoken to president obama taken him into confidence regarding the dialogue process and it also made a request for the drone attacks to stop because we. had made it a precondition but the drone attacks must come to an end before they come to the dialogue be able but instead of the drone attacks being stop big continued so i knew what he was going to stop or it is going to be the people of pakistan and not the us the united states does not have the right to be judge jury and executor all rolled into one without any authority are straight into it now the r.t. won't update and the french government's proposed tax has become something of a ticking time bomb thousands hitting the streets calling for an immediate
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scrapping i. know that's where you're seeing it in the french region of brittany violence erupting between protesters and police over the new measure tear gas water cannons used to break up the crowds who did fight back the eco tanks though imposing levies on trucks weighing more than three and a half tons suspended now amid mounting anger it will only bankrupt business. and the man suspected of carrying out a gun attack at l.a.x. has been charged with murder prosecutors say that the death of the penalties in the death penalty could be sought for paul c. and c. after he stormed the terminal on friday killing one and wounding several others meanwhile the airport's back to normal operations after the chaos which saw more than a thousand flights affected. britain's economy has been recovering at a slow but steady pace but the good news is not inspiring much hope in what's classed as the u.k.
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struggling rustbelt sara for three points. once presiding the lifeblood of the british economy now much of britain's industrial infrastructure lies in ruin but whilst full industrial hubs like leeds and manchester have risen from the ashes many smaller northern towns and cities have had a harder time reinventing themselves and a recent article in the economist magazine took it one step further suggesting that rather than further investment in places like middlesbrough or burnley and whole decaying towns and cities should be left behind it's true that economically britain remains a deeply divided country but with all this talk of failing towns and cities we thought we'd come and speak to some of the people who actually live in them and find out what they have to say about it all and say we've come to the market town of burnley in lancashire in the north west of the country. so. people
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services. burnley's friendly. and go to football. needs help i'm going to leeds pub for a year. because i don't want to be your. local opinion might be divided but burnley which was recently named the most enterprising place in britain deserves that accolade says n p called in but this is the university college being. transformed. into a course of learning for future people. engineering . the course the northwest of the country unemployment has continued to rise
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despite falling marginally a cause. the u.k. on paper to look at the banding some of these towns may carry some weight but try telling that to the people he's livelihoods and indeed centered around such hordes. in the north. right now you wouldn't want to mess with these guys have a look at them here are the flagship of russia's pacific fleet and the country's most advanced nuclear power destroyer now in the waters of the mediterranean but what are they doing there on the details right now on our web site. hundreds of. treating in the making the invision section of our web site takes you right here to a veritable sea of ripening very. well it's
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already been to the north pole and it just a few days it will be sent all the way into orbit we are really talking about a limb pick continues to snake its way towards the venue city of soft head of the games in february it's passing through the towns and cities of the world's biggest country and the torch is currently touring russia's northern regions i'd like to wrap up this news bulletin with some of the pictures of this week's highlights of the record breaking journey don't forget you can always follow the frame by logging on to watch. big boys. a special documentary coming your way next.
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a spanish language teacher in texas has been fired for posing nude in playboy before she became a teacher parents and found out about this demand that she be fired because her past was inappropriate and that it was a distraction the classroom well this was something she did in the past which was legal so this i mean if you pose for playboy you are forbidden to work in the normal world also as a former teenage boy i can tell you that any young attractive teacher will cause a distraction with the boys and wolf you can fire people for being distracting that when they have to fire every teacher with a handicap or abnormal appearance on the other hand though teachers are supposed to be people for children to respect and to look up to and when your spiritual teachers one does so of the good stuff for money to playboy it is a lot harder respect that sort of person and it sure isn't a good example for my daughter this is actually a very complex issue but all i can say is that you should really try to fight the temptation to make quick money with some nude photos it could come back to haunt
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you but that's just my opinion. we have a media that is corrupted by power mostly by corporate power and the know to go after your fellow was just a little tiny part of a big investment there when the two main. goals
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a company with deep deep pockets are sure they're hiring very bass. i think you being a little bit naive if you think that you can take the whole big ball to national and expect to move away without some sort of funny to announce. it was beyond belief to bring it back to be done to a participant in a film festival. i think the goal succeeded and aims a long time down about the credibility of the story. as a swedish filmmaker and journalist i always took the right to freedom of speech for granted. but as i came to learn it depends on the story you want to tell me on. into does a nine.

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